Resident since 2005, Keys homeowner since 1998. BA and MA, UCLA, PhD in English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University. Provost and Professor of English Emerita, Wheaton College, MA; Visiting Professor of English, University of Miami; and Senior Adviser, Council of Independent Colleges. Previous positions include Vice President for Academic Affairs, Franklin & Marshall College, and Professor of English and Associate Dean of the Faculty, Brown University. Locally, she has served on the boards of the Florida Keys Council of the Arts and the Key West Literary Seminar and as Senior Warden (board chair) at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. She is the author of books and articles on renaissance poetry and poetics.
Vice Chair – Governance
Retired Exec. VP, Strategy and Organization Development, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals (TJUH). Served 20 years as President/CEO of Devereux. Fulfilled a lifelong dream, restoring and sailing a 45-foot sailboat from Maine to the Caribbean with his wife, Joyce; became licensed Coast Guard Captain. Graduated with honors, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Founding Chair, Child Mental Health Div. of Child Welfare League of America; leadership positions, Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and World Presidents Organization (WPO); board member, Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine.
Vice Chair – Investment
Keys resident since 2008. Retired senior executive of program operations for NBC-Comcast, overseeing administrative, financial, managerial and logistical operations for the television network as well as NBC News and Sports. Served on boards for community cable commissions in NY‘s Hudson Valley, Advisory Board for The Clockwork Theatre Company in New York, Treasurer of 35 Sutton Owner’s Corporation. Degree in Business Administration, Farleigh Dickinson University. Enjoys international travel, gardening, arts and culture, home improvement projects.
Vice Chair – Development
Keys resident since 2010. Realtor for Berkshire Hathaway Knight & Gardner Realty, and a partner of Knight/ Gardener/ Langley Commercial Services Team. Owned and operated several successful tourism-based businesses throughout the Caribbean. Received Berkshire Hathaway Legend Award and KW Association of Realtors’ Rookie of the Year. Former Board member, KW Association of Realtors, KW Yacht Club (Fleet Captain), and founding member of KW Young Professional’s Network. Degrees in Government and Political Science and Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from North Carolina State University. Avid boater and pilot.
Vice Chair – Grants
Resident since birth. BS Economics from University of Florida, and JD from Florida State University. Partner in the law firm of Smith | Oropeza, PL. Past Board Member of the City of Key West Planning Board, Key West Gator Alumni Boosters and the Key West Rotary Club. Current member serving on the boards of the Key West Fishing Tournament and 16th Judicial Circuit Florida Bar Grievance Committee.
Vice Chair – Finance and Treasurer
Keys resident since 2008, lives part of the year in Aliso Viejo, California. Retired following a 40-year career in financial management and business development primarily for high technology and manufacturing companies. A certified public accountant, worked in a variety of positions with companies including Rockwell International and Abbott Laboratories. Former CEO and CFO of View Engineering, former CFO of GSI Lumonics. Former Board Member of The Studios of Key West; Former Treasurer and Board Member, Anchors Aweigh Club Key West. Main hobby is wildlife photography.
Vice Chair – Marketing
Resident since 2000. Consultant for Kantar and WPP, the world’s largest marketing services group. Former CEO of Millward Brown, the world’s largest research agency. Previously worked for the Mars Corporation and Cadbury in Marketing; DMB & B and TBWA advertising agencies as strategic planning director. Former Board Chair of The Studios of Key West; board member of MARC and the Key West Garden Club. Hobbies include gardening, theater, literature, music, movies and travel.
President of The Lodging Association of the Florida Keys & Key West, a nonprofit trade organization representing the lodging industry and the businesses that work with lodging. She has served as President since 2005. Previously worked in property management, real estate and tourism since moving to the Keys 26 years ago. Serves on the board of Leadership Monroe County and serves on the Monroe County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, Economic Affairs Committee, and Tourism Committee. Originally from New Jersey. BA degree from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.
Principal of Coral Shores High School. Former principal, vice principal and teacher at Key Largo School. Named Monroe County School District “Principal of the Year” for 2017-2018. Member, AVID Eastern Division Principals’ Collaborative among numerous other committees. President, Rotary Club of Key Largo; Grant reviewer, United Way of the Florida Keys; 2019 nominee for Woman of Distinction, Upper Keys Business and Professional Women; member, Key Largo and Islamorada Chambers of Commerce; past director, Kids Come First. ME, American College of Education; BS, Florida International University.
Key Colony resident since 2007, lives part of the year in Monterey, California. Active member of the Community Foundation for Monterey County. Former board president and major donor of the Women’s Fund; created several annual fund raisers in Monterey, established programs to benefit girls’ health and those in need of small loans. Law school graduate in 1979. Diverse business background in the medical, science and legal fields. Created with her husband a biotechnology company, Litmus Concepts, Inc., in California. Raised more than $30 million in private equity; sold the firm in 2000 to devote their time to philanthropy.
President & CEO
Jennifer has raised millions of dollars to further philanthropy in the Keys. Professional leadership roles previously with Ocean Reef Community Foundation, United Way of the Florida Keys, Good Health Clinic, and the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter. Also worked at the University of Central Florida and Florida International University. Bachelor’s degree in English from Cornell University, Master’s degree in Marketing from Northwestern University, and Nonprofit Certificates from Rollins College. Graduate of Leadership Monroe County, former Take Stock in Children mentor, and served on several nonprofit boards. Member of Key West Sunrise Rotary, founded Key Largo Sunset Rotary, and was president of Key Largo Rotary (2018-19).
Chief Financial Officer
More than 20 years experience working in financial management and accounting. Former senior vice president and controller of Spottswood Companies, and previous professional positions at Keys Energy in Key West and Turner Broadcasting Systems in Atlanta. MBA degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and BS degree with a concentration in marketing from the University of Florida. Graduate of the Leadership Success Academy, worked with Take Stock in Children and the Southernmost Homeless Assistance League, served on the Florida Keys Council of the Arts advisory board, and volunteered with Reef Relief.
Director of Philanthropic Services